Born in Santa Barbara (California) Chad started sailing at a very early age and went on racing competitively throughout his life. He studied Geography at the University of California with an emphasis on Information Systems and Cartography. Chad has been involved in the America’s cup since 2001 when he joined the first Oracle team as weather analyst. Since then his role evolved towards design where he contributed, among other things, to the development of the Oracle AC72 that raced in the 34th America’s Cup. This is his fifth America’s Cup and his first with Luna Rossa.